IDEA Member Spotlight

Sep 24, 2009

Meet Some Outstanding Members Who Inspire the World to Fitness®!

Anna Woods
Hillsboro, Kansas
Member Since 2004




For the past 5 years Anna Woods, exercise specialist at Parkside Homes, an independent/assisted-living facility, has focused the majority of her training on seniors. “I work with residents 3 days a week for 45 minutes. We complete various strength training movements using hand weights, medicine balls and resistance bands, as well as paper plates, paint sticks and ribbons (for dance aerobics).” Because most of the exercisers are wheelchair-bound, Woods looks for creative and effective programs. “After 1 year of [participation], we have had residents move from completely relying on their wheelchairs to using walkers,” she adds. Woods has also seen a decrease in falls and blood pressure among participants, as well as improvements in confidence and self-esteem.

Karen Cross
Northport, Michigan
Member Since 1999




“When our local gym was scheduled to close in 2006, I opened the first private fitness studio in town,” says Karen Cross, owner of Cross Training. “It turned out to be one of the best decisions ever.” Karen offers small-group, partner and one-on-one personal training, as well as Pilates mat and private reformer classes. “We live on a beautiful peninsula on Lake Michigan, and for the first time I’ve had to start a waiting list for my summer clients.” Clients of Cross Training, who range from “superfit athletes” to “deconditioned older adults,” also have access to organic eggs and vegetables; the studio is located on farm property owned by Cross and her husband.

If you would like to be featured in this section or know an IDEA member who stands out in the fitness crowd, e-mail a brief description of your (or your colleague’s) fitness activities and achievements and a high-resolution digital photograph (at least 300 dpi, in focus, well-lit and at least 3″ x 3″ in its original digital format) to Ryan Halvorson, Please include your IDEA member number, if possible. You (or the colleague) must be an IDEA member to be considered for this section.

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